This 1985 paper, “Community Supported Food Systems”, has been digitized from the Schumacher Center archive. It clarifies the deeper motivations which brought CSAs to the US in their present form by Jan Vander Tuin from model practices in Switzerland. Vander Tuin came to the Southern Berkshires in 1985 and met Robyn Van En through the Schumacher Society.
View the original document by clicking the “PDF” link above. Read a 2022 essay on the radical roots of the CSA movement here.
The document is a timely reminder of the transformative potential the broader concept of Community Supported Industry still holds today—especially given our current need for dramatic carbon emissions reduction and greater resilience in our supply chains, and in the concepts of local food security and food sovereignty as principles of climate action and economic justice.